I'm in california...Huntington Beach to be specific, and I signed up with the college network then transferring into Indiana state university for the lvn to BSN online program. I've done a lot of research for months. I have no pre-reqs. West coast university costs about $100k for a BSN. I was looking into mount saint Mary's and I was actually going to drive out there to LA 3 times a week and they cost $56k. However, you only get an associates. TCN and ISU route will only cost me about $26k and I get a BSN. Yes you have to pay for the nursing studying materials so I'm hoping I'll find what I can in eBay. The other stuff you can print off online through their site. Stuff like Anatomy and physiology, psychology...etc. Apparently being in Ca, if you request printed modules from TCN directly, they have to charge you $30 bc Ca has a law about out of state school material. California...charging for everything! Luckily, I can print things off at work and we have tuition reimbursement for when I pay for those expensive nursing books. For me, it's worth it. I have 2 kids 2 years and under and I get to spend time with them. If I went to school, not only do I have to find a babysitter, but I will also have to miss class if they get sick. Little kids get sick all the time and they pass their sickness back and forth to each other. So it's like they're sick for 2 weeks. In a regular school setting, you're only allowed to miss a certain amount of days before they drop you.
I have not yet done all my preliminary courses, i just started last week. I'm working on A&P. I'm loving it so far. I understand that it takes A LOT of discipline and I'm ok with that. I've been studying almost all day. Well, whenever I have blocks of time doing nothing, I study. I'm reading and memorizing. I'm attached to my printed resources, my written notes, and my lap top. Private message me if you have any questions.
When I met with the advisor, he pretty much said everything that I had done research on. He never pressured me into signing. I already knew I wanted to sign. Like I said, I had been following this school and it's students for months. I feel like those who are unhappy was mostly bc of money. I could go community college route, but I'm losing money waiting for classes, being wait listed, then being wait listed in a nursing program. I'll pay the extra cost and it's really not bad...at least here in California. It doesn't bother or phase me at all. I'm determined to get my BSN. It actually saves me money not having to get a babysitter, driving to LA in nasty traffic, and paying the ever rising gas prices. I'm also happy that I get to stay home with my babies while they're still babies. After all, they're only small once. I was sad with the thought of missing out on milestone, but now I'm not. I'm confident to say I made a great decision.